Announcement from UNAC Vancouver

It is with great regret that UNAC Vancouver acknowledges that four members of the UNA Canada family died earlier this morning in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 en route from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya. There were no survivors among the passengers or crew.

Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the families of these four talented young Canadians. One was a UNAC staffer and the other three had volunteered in their communities. They were heading to Nairobi to represent Canada at a conference as part of Canada’s Service Corps.

UNA Canada CEO Kate White remembered the four for “their compassion, leadership, and dedication to making the world a better place.”

We will share more details as they become publicly available.

From Denmark to Rwanda: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

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The United Nations Association in Canada joins the world today in celebrating International Women’s Day, a holiday established to draw attention to the economic, political, social and cultural inequalities between women and men. The Socialist International first established this holiday at its 1910 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. On March 19th, 1911, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated with demonstrations and rallies in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. Thirty-four years later, at the San Francisco Conference, four women delegates helped establish what would become the largest intergovernmental organization ever, the United Nations. These founding women pushed for the inclusion of Article 8 in the Charter of the United Nations, i.e., for women’s equal opportunity to participate in the UN. Notable women within the U.N. system include Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (first female president of the General Assembly), Canada’s own Louise Frechette (the first Deputy Secretary-General), and the current President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces.

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Splane Lecture on Social Policy, 2019

Please join us for our annual Splane Lecture in Social Policy entitled, “What’s Canada’s Climate Plan? Fairness, Safety, Justice and Resiliency in a World on Fire”. This year’s lecture features noted environmental activist and author, Tzeporah Berman and takes place:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5:30 PM- 7:00 PM, followed by a reception with refreshments
*Venue:  Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver
The building is just steps away from the Liu Institute, located between C.K. Choi and Nitobe Gardens. The auditorium is located on the main floor. The main entrance to the Asian Centre is located on the east side of the building. Please click here for a map.

Please register: https://splane2019.eventbrite.ca

The lecture will explore the social policy implications of climate change and fossil fuel conflicts in Canada. In particular, the lecture will discuss the implications of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports for Canadian policy and explore what it will take to create a plan in Canada that aligns our policies and planning with global equity considerations, indigenous rights and the social policy implications of both mitigation and adaptation. Weaving stories from the frontlines of the pipeline campaigns, and her experiences meetings with the CEO’s of major oil companies and advising both the Alberta and BC governments on climate policy, Tzeporah will reflect on the pathway forward to a just and equitable approach to building resiliency and safety in Canada in the climate era.

Screen Shot 2019-03-05 at 11.00.29 PMTzeporah Berman is a Canadian environmental activist, writer, and Adjunct Professor of York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies.

This event will be live streamed on SPPGA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ubcSPPGA/

Hosted by: The UBC School of Social Work, the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch

About the Splane Lecture: Each year, various partners co-organize a presentation in the field of Canadian public policy to honour the work of Dr. Richard Splane, Professor Emeritus at UBC’s School of Social Work. The lecture is held in the spirit of Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

Green Spaces Call for Applications

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Applications are now open for the Green Spaces Programme!

DEADLINE APRIL 4th, 2019

Green Spaces is a wage-matching programme that works together with organizations in the sustainable development sector across the country to place talented students in positions that will elevate their knowledge, passion, and experience of working in Canada’s Green Economy.

Participants will undertake work-integrated learning placements across Canada with organizations in a variety of sectors, including private companies, non-profits, governments, Indigenous-based organizations, post-secondary institutions, and other associations.

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UNAC Vancouver in Support of UNDRIP

The Vancouver Branch of the UN Association in Canada supports the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP).
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The United Nations has an important and continuing role to play in promoting and protecting Indigenous rights.

UNDRIP does not yet have any force of international law but it is a significant step towards reconciliation, social justice and the upholding of human rights. Indigenous rights are human rights.

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